Bibliology – What is it?Bibliology is the study of the Bible. Christians believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and reveals God's desire and plan to be in relationship with people. Our view on the Bible determines how we understand things like Jesus Christ and salvation.
Bibliology shows us that the Bible is "breathed out" by God and the words therefore are right—they are inerrant. Though God used the styles and personalities of the human authors of Scripture, He was still able to create His Word and what He wanted to communicate with people. The Bible, Christians believe, is made alive by God's authorship and by the Holy Spirit. He brings meaning to the Bible as we read it and as we ask Him to make it clear to us.
Second Timothy 3:16–17 is a key passage in bibliology; it says, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."
Some important questions and answers about the Bible addressed in Bibliology are:
Is the Bible the true Word of God? Your answer to this will lead you to a deeper and more meaningful faith, or to a more shallow faith that is determined more by you than by God in His Scripture.
What is the canon of Scripture? This is the agreed upon books and letters that make up Scripture. This helps us determine what is good theology (lines up with Scripture) and what is not.
What does inspired mean in this context? See 2 Timothy 3:16–17 from above and 1 Corinthians 2:12–13: "Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual."
How can we know that the Bible is truly inspired by God? We can see in the Bible that there is prophecy fulfilled, a unity throughout all 66 books written by many different authors over vast centuries, the confirmation of archeological findings of what the Bible describes, and the deep changes the Word of God has had on men and women who have trusted and believed it throughout the ages.
What is the Bible?
Is the Bible really the Word of God?
How is the Bible inspired? What does it mean for the Bible to be inspired?
What proof do we have for the inspiration of the Bible?
What is the canon of the Bible and how did we get it?
Truth about the Bible